Adding a cluster and package

Now that we’ve made a course, the next step is to bundle everything together into a cluster and a package. These are containers that make up part of the SCORM 2004 4th Edition standard (called item and manifest). A cluster contains courses and a package contains clusters. In this example we have only one course, so it’s a pretty simple set up. Later on we’ll look at more complex examples with navigation options.

To start with once you’re in the My First Project, click clusters at the top to bring us to the now familiar display page. As with the projects display, this is a list of all the clusters in this project – which is currently empty. Click on create cluster to go to the cluster creation page. You should be starting to get familiar with the interface by now.

The main clusters page

Next, enter the title and description for your cluster. The cluster title may appear in your Learning Management System depending on how it displays content. As we’ll have only one course and cluster, it’s unlikely.

Cluster creation page

Next, we need to add courses to the cluster. Click on the courses tab and you’ll see a drop down with all the courses in this project, here just one: My First Course. Once we start adding more courses with complex navigation, it will make sense to add more courses here. For now, leave it with just the one course and click save.

Adding a course to cluster

From here, click on clusters in either the menu or in the bread crumbs to take us to the main cluster page again.

Main cluster page with our first cluster

Next, we’re going to make a package with almost the same steps. First, click on packages in the menu and then create package to get to the familiar create/edit page.

Main package page

From here we’ll create our first package. This is the same as a cluster except it requires a version. The fields title, version and description may all appear in your Learning Management System.

Creating a package

Once you’ve entered the title, version and description click on the clusters tab. Here, same as with creating or editing a cluster, you’ll see the list of clusters in the project. Go with just the one cluster for now and click save.

Selecting a cluster for the package

After clicking save, three buttons appear at the top right

  • IMS Manifest – displayed the XML manifest for you to check. This isn’t useful or required, but useful to check everything is included,
  • download – allows you to download a zip file of your package in SCORM 2004 4th Editing format for uploading to your Learning Management System,
  • remote ftp – for sending the package directly to your Learning Management System. This uses un-encrypted ftp and can only connect over the Internet – so your Learning Management System in your corporate network won’t work.

A saved package with download and ftp buttons

We’ll cover these buttons in the next section: Exporting to your Learning Management System. Or you can go back to the tutorial home.